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Good morning, this is Megha. A global movement that was inspired by a tweet has come to Switzerland. Women in Global Health inaugurated its Swiss chapter on Monday and has some ambitious priorities to focus on. We're also covering the annual meeting of European statisticians and what they agreed on at the conference.

Plus, a meeting between rival Libyan leaders kicked off in Geneva yesterday in a bid to revive the country’s stalled election process.

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Megha Kaveri


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WGH members during a meet and greet at the World Health Assembly 2022 in Geneva (Facebook: Women in Global Health)

👩🏽‍🤝‍👩🏻 Women in Global Health reaches Switzerland. The international network inaugurated its 41st chapter in Switzerland on Monday. The launch was marked by an interactive webinar with eminent women experts and leaders who, among other things, spoke about the need for more inclusion and diversity in global health. WGH Switzerland hopes to form a network of women professionals and foster gender inclusion in leadership positions, health policy and drug development.

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🔢 Who’s counting? Statisticians are. An annual meeting of top European statisticians set a new precedent for the use of private data in official statistics. As the world is confronted with crises like the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change, the meeting also underlined the importance of the often behind-the-scenes work statisticians do to keep data accurate and policymakers informed.

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While only certain species are endangered, sloth populations are increasingly threatened by habitat loss. (Credit: Unsplash/Javier Mazzeo)

🦎 Biodiversity talks stall again after two years of effort, risking a failed Cop15. Two years into negotiations and after multiple delays, negotiations for a new deal to protect nature continue to stall. Countries gathered last week in Nairobi could not resolve many of the sticking points after the last round of talks in Geneva failed to deliver.

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Science and diplomacy reads by GESDA

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One Metaverse, instead of many. That is the expressed wish of the 36 companies and organisations who have formed a standards group for “metaverse” tech, called the Metaverse Standards Forum (MSF). The project was launched last week, with the promise, as an article in The Verge puts it (read below), to “foster open, interoperable standards for augmented and virtual reality, geospatial and 3D technologies”, which are all building bricks of the metaverse.

For those who are still living at the age of the now definitely defunct Internet Explorer browser, the metaverse is presented as the internet of the future in which each of us will be able to navigate through virtual and augmented realities. But while the World Wide Web is now one gigantic globally interoperable network, that is not (yet) the case with all the existing versions of the metaverse, developed by the major tech companies (Meta, Microscoft, Adobe, Huawei, Epic games,Nvidia, and the likes). That’s what the MSF is supposed to change.

As The Verge explains, “the MSF will focus on “pragmatic, action-based projects” like hackathons and prototyping tools for supporting common standards. It’s also interested in developing “consistent terminology” for the space”, as “building an open and inclusive metaverse at pervasive scale will demand a constellation of open interoperability standards.”

Open and inclusive are crucial words here, and should mirror a report that just went out, by McKinsey, named “Value creation in the metaverse”. According to the consulting firm, “with its potential to generate up to $5 trillion in value by 2030, the metaverse is too big for companies to ignore”. In other words, there are a lot of opportunities to make a lot of money in and from the metaverse. And this will create a lot of competition among the many actors interested in invading this new field.

Will that bring more openness and inclusivity – as is wished and expected by many geeks? Or is the MSF just a smoke curtain for those corporations to put the spotlights and feed the buzz on the still-taking-shape metaverse? The very next years will tell.

In the meantime, the MSF basic (not 3d-turned-virtual) website, when writing these lines on Tuesday 28 July, was not accessible… The “Internet Guard” of my web-service provider even indicated that this website was “dangerous and malicious”.

Olivier Dessibourg, GESDA


Microsoft, Meta, and others are founding a metaverse open standards group. 36 companies and organisations have formed a standards group for “metaverse” tech.

The Verge (EN)

Alphabet is spending billions to become a force in healthcare. Can it finally shake up the stodgy multi-trillion-dollar industry?

The Economist (EN)

Yann LeCun has a bold new vision for the future of AI. One of the godfathers of deep learning pulls together old ideas to sketch out a fresh path for AI.

MIT Technology Review (EN)

Personalised cancer vaccines are finally beating hard to treat tumours. A strategy that is looking increasingly hopeful.

New Scientist (EN)

What scientists can learn from tracking disease outbreaks from space. Easy-to-use and more comprehensive satellite data is allowing researchers to get a holistic view of what's happening on Earth.


There’s a carbon-capture gold rush. Some warn better solutions exist.

The Washington Post (EN)

As quantum computing advances, who’s thinking about ethics?

EmergingTechBrew (EN)

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